The idea of a party in the misbegotten town Lanyan lives in seems to be going to see a public hanging of Lanyan for murder while throwing things at her. WTF. The glee is exceptional because she dared to break the whole "he abuses you but you keep mum" thing so in punishing her, they are restoring natural order. Barf.
Playboy, who must have a deathwish the breadth of the Nile, has meanwhile escaped his household's protective custody and is off to find her and, when he finds her being marched to her execution, insists if she's getting executed, he should be executed too ("Dead or alive, I'll share everything with you. I won't leave you." Ahhhhh, swoooooooon). And then he starts yelling he's the one who killed Lanyan's husband. Oh, you crazy crazy awesome darling. ILY. You clearly are some sort of a genetic aberration in this area though, or maybe a mutation, because you actually act like a Y-chromosome possessor I do not want to strangle - the sole one in this place of lunacy.
And then they both get beaten up by the crowd which doesn't seem to want to wait for the proper hanging.
Seriously, this town is the pits. I want to take the OTP and move them about 2000mi away.
Oh, and I sort of forgive Childhood Love (though I don't want him with Lanyan in a million years) because he was investigating the murder in hopes of clearing her. You are useful for something, after all. He finds out they didn't do it in the nick of time.
It turns out the real murderer was...ta-dun...puppy killer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! For once, I don't blame her because Lanyan psycho hubby tried to rape her.
I am glad he's dead. Buhbye psycho! You actually made me root for puppy killer.
ETA: They accidentally convicted heroine best friend's brother (try saying that ten times fast) for murder instead and killed him. Puppy killer had a good time framing him. Well, that should put a spoke in Childhood Love/Best Friend courtship. A pity, as that pair of sanctimonious pigs fit each other like a pair of gloves.
ETA2: And now they are sending Lanyan to a nunnery (!!!!) because they are afraid it will look bad if they release her and she marries Playboy. WTF! I mean, if both of them are innocent, and she's a widow now, who the hell cares? When Playboy dares to protest both her punishment and his feelings, everyone is horrified as if he's just contracted the plague and Childhood Love, fast losing the meagre points he gained by his investigation, hits him while Playboy is tied up (very honorable of him) because Childhood Love is feeling inadequate in the face of someone actually openly showing love. As well he should, as Childhood Love and every other male in this hellhole, wouldn't know what it is to love a woman if their grimy obnoxious lives depended on it. This town really is in purgatory.